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What if I can't fast on Yom Kippur?  How can I still find meaning in the day?

Not every Jewish adult is required to fast. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are exempt. People with medical conditions that require the consumption of food (diabetics for example) also are exempt. Due to the priority of Pikuach Nefesh (the commandment to preserve life), for people in these circumstances, it's not only permissible to eat - it's required.

Still, it's important to find ways to make Yom Kippur special if you cannot fast. Here are a few ideas:

  • Try not to eat sumptuous meals - eat what you need to, and not much more.
  • Be sensitive to those who are fasting by offering to eat and drink privately.
  • Try to eliminate other distractions (internet, television, etc.) to better focus on the themes of the day.

We wish all of you a meaningful day; may you be sealed for a good year!

Fri, January 24 2020 27 Tevet 5780